Harvard University Graduate School of Education: Deans' records
The records of the Deans of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education document the administration of research and teaching in the field of education at Harvard during the latter years of the administration of Dean Paul N. Ylvisaker and the early years of the administration of Dean Patricia Albjerg Graham.
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Harvard University Graduate School of Education Deans' records are closed to research for at least 50 years from the date of the file. Some records are closed for 80 years.
Extent11.5 cubic feet (35 boxes)
This group of records documents the administration of research and teaching in the field of education at Harvard during the latter years of the administration of Dean Paul N. Ylvisaker and the early years of the administration of Dean Patricia Albjerg Graham.
Biographical / Historical
The Harvard University Graduate School of Education was established in 1920. From 1891 to 1920, the study of education at Harvard took place within two different divisions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Until 1906, education faculty were appointed to the Division of Philosphy. In 1906, a separate Division of Education was established.
Paul Henry Hanus held Harvard’s first faculty appointment in the field of education. Hanus was chair of the Division of Education from 1906 to 1912. Henry Wyman Holmes succeeded Hanus, serving as chair from 1912 to 1920 when he became the first Dean of the newly formed Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Holmes was Dean of the Graduate School of Education from 1920 to 1940. Francis Trow Spaulding was Dean from 1940 to 1945, although, due to war service, he was effectively Dean only from 1940 to 1942. Acting Dean Phillip J. Rulon served from 1942 to 1948. Francis Keppel was Dean from 1948 to 1962, followed by Theodore Sizer from 1964 to 1972. Suceeding Sizer, Paul N. Ylvisaker served as Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education from 1972 to 1982, Patricia Albjerg Graham from 1982 to 1991, Jerome T. Murphy from 1992 to 2001, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann from 2002 to 2005, and Kathleen McCartney from 2005 to 2013. James Ryan became Dean in 2013.
The records of both Deans' administrations are in a single alphabetic sequence.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession 11280 received 1987 November 16.
This inventory encoded by Kate Bowers in January 2018 from a paper inventory on file in the Harvard University Archives reading room. All folder titles were assigned in the Dean's office, and the paper inventory included abbreviations and "Misc." without analysis or enhancement. While most of the items listed on the paper inventory consist of a single folder, many of them represent two or more folders. The folder list was encoded chiefly as found in the paper inventory. Two kinds of changes were made. First, typographical errors were corrected. Second, if the same folder title appears in more than one box, a second listing of the folder title was added to represent the presence of material in an additional box. The folder titles and box numbers were selectively confirmed by an examination of the boxes and folders.
- Harvard University. Graduate School of Education. Harvard University Graduate School of Education: Deans' records, 1976-1988 : an inventory
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